Faithful Derridian of Princeton, NJ, writes:
I hope my battle report is not too late. I do have a good excuse, as you will see, and the “plant” was done by Easter.
So, I printed out some flyers, planning to plant them in some churches, and then plans really went awry. My wife’s water broke. So, needless to say, the mission was put on hold. I rushed my wife to the hospital, where she gave birth to my son on the following day.
Needless to say, things became rather hectic, but I did managed to slip of to the hospital chapel for some “quiet reflection.” I noticed there was a plethora of religion iconography on the alter including a Bible, a cross, a Buddha, and some various Hindu deities. I figured that would be a pretty good a place for some flyers. So, that is where they went.
Then I made it back up to my wife and son with my mission complete and without missing a single diaper change (try as I did.)
There were three of us on this mission. We printed all three flyers, cut the little ones, folded them and put them into plastic Easter eggs. In all, we distributed over 160 flyers and eggs to at least 11 churches. By the time we were finally ready to go, it was Easter eve 11:00 pm. This allowed us to leaflet the cars at the midnight mass. We taped flyers to the doors, walls, crosses, signs, and posts. We placed eggs on the playgrounds at the churches and in grassy areas used for the egg hunts. Since it was dark and time was short, we didn’t take pictures until the next day. Amazingly, some of the flyers were still up, however we did not find any eggs remaining.
Anonymous Operatives write:
We are students at a lutheran affiliated college in central Pennsylvania. It’s a loose affiliation, but it’s ridiculous that any place that intends to teach knowledge and rational means of thought is even loosely affiliated with a blatant lie like Christianity.
First, we stuffed flyers in to brightly colored, pretty plastic easter eggs.
Next, we put the eggs in all the places you’ll see pictures of. Four churches, a playground, a fraternity, a sorority, and Rita’s italian ice. Also, we put about 300 flyers under doors in freshman dorms on our campus with help from our good friend Charles who is sadly not pictured (we ran out of film). He continued the fight the next day by passing out flyers to people on campus. He’s a good soldier.
We got an odd look from a police officer when we were sitting across the street from a playground in an old brown Chevy Celebrity with a bunch of easter eggs, flyers, and a lot of liquor in the back seat.
Slow Modem John:
I haven’t had so much fun since the day… Well, probably since I
climbed Half Dome. I got that wonderful sense of satisfaction created
when you accomplish something you were afraid might be difficult or
dangerous, but is actually a total cakewalk, and a certain sense of
pride knowing you did some good in the world, without being punished
for it. What a rush.
My team (my brother and I) approached our first target on Easter
Sunday; Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (pictured). We cruised
the parking lot, but it was so packed people we had to abort without
even going into the sanctuary. Bummer. But that didn’t stop us! Oh
no! We returned to my house for dinner and adult libations. Thus
fortified, and after the crowds had abated, we returned to our
Sure enough there were very few people on the premises.
Unfortunately, the sanctuary was now locked. Double bummer. But that
didn’t stop us! Oh no! We found a nice fat target right there on the
church property; The Monsignor David K. Coleman Center (pictured).
There was a meeting going on in the main room, but the lobby had nice
big pictures just waiting for us to slide some fliers into their
frames (also pictured).
Feeling exhilarated by this minor success, we went back to the church
and noticed some beautiful statuary (also pictured). One of the
statues was a kneeling male figure in flowing robes with his hands
holding a basket formed into a DVD holder. How could we pass up the
opportunity? We couldn’t. I quickly filled up the display with a
single copy of the ever popular and delightful “The God Who Wasn’t
There” (again, carefully pictured).
Feeling the rush of success, my team and I left for a nearby place of
worship for my brother, and team member, to surreptitiously stash some
reason based materials in the heart of unreason. The only thing that
could top the high from our successful mission would be a signed DVD
to replace the brave soldier we left in enemy hands.
“Born Right The First Time”:
I never really noticed before, but there are churches absolutely everywhere! Being otherwise gainfully employed, my team (actually my brother and I) couldn’t get out to them until Easter Sunday itself. Boy, were they crowded with worshipers. Knowing how physically violent persons of faith can sometimes be, and not at all interested in an altercation, we were forced to abort the mission until later in the day. This enabled us, along with our family to enjoy a wonderful spring repast on the patio before recommencing our operation. Then, suitably fortified, we began anew. Ultimately, my brother was able to plant both flyers and a DVD at a Catholic church. I am sure that he will send in his own story and pictures (which I was gracious enough to take). Unfortunately, my objective was then relegated to a secondary target (see the picture). Although the Catholic church was locked up tight as a drum, my target, according to the sign, was open to all comers, up to and including Jesus himself (in mid-afternoon the parking lot was full). We wandered around surreptitiously for what seemed like an eternity in a labyrinth of hallways, staircases, and rooms, looking for a bulletin board or similar place to leave our messages. None was to be found, but ultimately, behind one of the doors, we found a library where I was able to successfully plant numerous flyers and a DVD. Mission accomplished!
The Poling Brothers of Washington made a video during their activities.
An Atheist in Wonderland has a report and pictures at the Rational Response Squad site.
A Texas operative writes:
I distributed most of a case (30) DVDs. We hit 4 church yards and a YMCA. Each of those locations have historically had Easter egg hunts around them.
I could probably say a bunch, but the pictures pretty well speak for themselves. I only got one picture at the Evangel Temple church (my last stop) because using having the camera flash going off repeatedly at that location just wasn’t ’stealthy’ enough. Using a flash at night, just isn’t very stealthy at all. For the other stops, it didn’t matter and we just flashed away.
The guy in the jeans is my step son, the guy in the shorts is me.
Our Santa Monica operative who handed a flyer to California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning follows up with these pictures of her other missions.
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